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CHAN 10538

Prokofiev: War & Peace Suite/ Russian Overture

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2009

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Philharmonia Orchestra


Neeme Jarvi



Venue:

St Jude's Church, Central Square, London NW11



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Ben Connellan

(Assistant: (War and Peace))

Jonathan Cooper

(Assistant: other works)

Record Label
Chandos Classics

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Russian

Total Time - 63:16
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SERGEI PROKOFIEV

(1891-1953)
   
 

Symphonic Suite from 'War and Peace' (arr. C. Palmer)

27:02  
  The Ball 11:38      
1 I Fanfare and Polonaise 2:59
2 II Waltz. Allegro, ma non troppo 5:40
3 III Mazurka. Animato 2:58
4 Intermezzo - May Night 5:53
  Andante assai  
  Finale 9:21      
5 I Snowstorm. Tempestoso 2:11
6 II Battle. Allegro 3:56
7 III Victory. Allegro fastoso - Andante maestoso 3:13
   
 

Summer Night: Suite from 'The Duenna', Op. 123

22:31  
8 I Introduction. Moderato, ma con brio - Più animato 2:25
9 II Serenade. Adagio 6:01
10 III Minuet. Allegro ma non troppo 2:46
11 IV Dreams. Andante tranquillo 8:01
12 V Dance. Allegretto 3:05
   
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Russian Overture, Op. 72

14:08
  Allegro con brio - Moderato - Tempo primo - Andante cantabile - Più mosso  
This performance was named Recording of the Month in Gramophone on its original release.

This only available recording of the Symphonic Suite is coupled with the popular Russian Overture and Summer Night Suite and released on our Classics label.

Jarvi and the Philharmonia Orchestra are thoroughly ay home in these scores, and the Chandos recording is characteristically spectacular. This is well worth exploring. .
3 Stars, Penguin Guide

“The ‘War and Peace symphonic suite’ was arranged by Christopher Palmer who also wrote the notes for this disc. It serves as a compact epitome of this grandest of epic operas. One is somehow more aware of the psychological element here which adds sobriety and tragic colour to the dances.
Away from the epic we move to Summer Night – the suite from the Rossinian Opera The Duenna. This music moves across five movements between a range of Romeo and Juliet-style classical dances to evocations of warm Ukraine summer midnights. The final scudding Dance (allegretto) is delectable and delectably recorded
The Russian Overture is from the years of the composer’s return to the Soviet Union. This is a canvas constantly in motion. Luxury recording too and ending in a blaze of gong and percussion.”

Rob Barnett

MusicWebInternational

"This fine reissue celebrates one of the composer’s most cherished scores, his 1941 operatic setting of Leo Tolstoy’s massive novel. Jarvi meets the vigour of the writing with a verve that acknowledges the virtuoso calibre of the Philharmonia Orchestra. The Prokofiev hard lines and steely vivacity meet a national folk idiom head-on, resulting in iconoclastic magic.”

Gary Lemco

Audiophile Audition

“I wouldn’t be without this unless I didn’t like Prokofiev – and that is unthinkable.”

Vroon

American Record Guide - November/December 2009



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